How I built my fuselage table/jig

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    Little Scrapper

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    Looks great! Thanks and nice work!! :)
     
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    Interesting that you mounted the top in a cradle. Cool idea. Heck you should have built a Jodel; you spar would be done.
     
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    I did that because after shimming the top level the cradle allows me to secure it pretty solid.
     
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    You do pretty work!!
     
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    Holy cow... the table is a work of art even before the airplane is built.

    If you built jig tables specifically set up for the homebuilt airplanes that still get scratchbuilt frequently (Tailwind, Pietenpol, Baby Ace, Pitts, etc.), you could have a small side business renting out the tables to builders at $500 a pop. Would be a bargain compared to the time/cost/effort/mistake re-do of someone building their own table. Big time saver for them.

    You wouldn't get rich, but you would make a little money, at the same time as being a big hero to the homebuilders.
     
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    The blog post was really long and it gives the impression of taking a long time. I kept track of the hours, even with my 12 year old assembling the top and myself building the legs solo the total hours from start to finish was 3.25. Total cost was $162.

    Of course, this is for a Cassutt so the table is only 13' x 23.5", pretty small.

    I apologize for the lighting in the photos. I had 2 Troffer lights blow. I replaced them today with LED's so my light issues are solved now.
     
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    Very nice, both the table and the presentation.
     
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    Well done, sir, and thanks for sharing!
     
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    Is the table just screwed or is it glued as well?
     
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    Only screws were used in this table
     
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    Very nice table... Screw and glue however will get you a better table for the long term. Over time, the screws will loosen; it is just their nature with micro-stresses, temperature changes, hard bumps, etc that cause one-way movement even if individually very small. In a screw and glue build, the glue takes all the above and returns to its original state/position. The screws take the heavy loads when they have too. This also applies in joining composites to steel as in the fuselage of my Stallion. Just trying to be constructive.... Thanks

    Blue skies,

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    All screw and he can bust it down to nothing though.
     
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    No they won't. This is my 6th or7th table. It's a temporary jig, not a permanent table.

    Correctly built a table doesn't need glue. It's a matter of design. Once the fuselage sides are tacked the fuselage gets assembled and the table thrown out.
     
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    If you were really concerned about movement a few well placed gussets screwed in the corners would hold that together for a hundred years.
     
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    Or maybe a little glue on each of the screws as they go in to keep them from turning?
     
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    No, not needed and I need to be able to take it apart. It's a jig, not a workshop table. That's why the box structure is important, you can literally throw it on crappy saw horses if you need.

    I built work tables out of steel if they are permanent. I built this for my chopper this summer. It converts to a wood top when not used as a frame table.
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    Here it is freshly painted. If you're building a steel tube airplane welding isn't an issue so a actual workshop table should be welded if you plan on having it for years.
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    Scrapper, you need to put those other toys out of your mind until you need them to get you to the airport to fly your Cassutt.


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    I've been on 2 wheels for 40 years now. That will never stop. I'm up north at our farm for opening deer hunting right now. Been jumping motocross all day. Once it's in your blood...........
     

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